SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mick’s Automotive 3/29 volunteer work day recap; Specialized Bicycles 4/14 work day open for registration

Another gorgeous day in the forest. Gratitude to Mick’s Automotive for sponsoring the 3/29 volunteer work day. Photo by Aung Tun.

Another gorgeous day in the forest. Gratitude to Mick’s Automotive for sponsoring the 3/29 volunteer work day. Photo by Aung Tun.

SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mick’s Automotive 3/29 volunteer work day recap; Specialized Bicycles 4/14 work day open for registration

Mick’s Automotive SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
53 volunteers showed up at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Sunday March 29 to build a bridge, compact berms and do renaturalization on Trail Head Cyclery-sponsored segment 6 of the flow trail. Whole Foods fueled volunteers with coffee and breakfast treats, and Mick’s Automotive provided tasty lunches and post-workday snacks from Summit Store. Volunteers also enjoyed post-workday cold beverages donated by Ninkasi Brewing and a generous raffle sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal and Ibis. Raffle prizes included a sweatshirt and canopy tour courtesy Mt. Hermon Adventures Redwood Canopy Tours, assorted Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) product, a Platypus water filtration system, Ninkasi brew, ASJ trucker hats and t-shirts, and more.

Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together for Sunday’s productive work event, and much appreciation to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this unique and innovative project.

Next volunteer work day: Tuesday 4/14, a special weekday event presented by Specialized Bicycles
On Tuesday April 14, Specialized Bicycles will be hosting a, well, special weekday work event. Look for a number of Specialized pro riders—in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival and Sea Otter Classic—to be pitching in with us on this work day. Sign up for the Specialized Bicycle’s work day HERE.

You Dig, You Ride! And All Are Welcome!
500 unique volunteers have donated 5,000 hours of labor to build flow trail segments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 — and 6 is just about complete as well. Everyone is welcome to pitch in — no trail work experience required! Our supportive, experienced crew leaders and trail builders will teach you techniques and make a confident trail builder out of you in no time flat. Plus, volunteer trail workers get to test ride and dial in new sections of the flow trail—how cool is that?!

Keep in mind that trail work days may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions.

**Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the Specialized Bicycles 4/14 event HERE.**

Morning reg & breakfast. Photo by Aung Tun.

Morning reg & breakfast. Photo by Aung Tun.

“My name is _________ and the first album I ever bought was ___________”. That was enlightening! “What’s an album?” did get asked. Photo by Aung Tun.

“My name is _________ and the first album I ever bought was ___________”. That was enlightening! “What’s an album?” did get asked. Photo by Aung Tun.

MBoSC staff trail builder Matt De Young and the woman who passed along her dirt-and-cycling-loving genes to him ;-) Photo by Aung Tun.

MBoSC staff trail builder Matt De Young and the woman who passed along her dirt-and-cycling-loving genes to him 😉 Photo by Aung Tun.

Big ups to the Mountain Bike & Martini Club for throwing in with us! Photo by Aung Tun.

Big ups to the Mountain Bike & Martini Club for throwing in with us! Photo by Aung Tun.

Lovely day in the trees. Photo by Aung Tun.

Lovely day in the trees. Photo by Aung Tun.

Natural features like this moss-covered logo are used as anchors along the trail. Anchors are an important part of trail design and keep the flow, well, flowing. Photo by Aung Tun.

Natural features like this moss-covered logo are used as anchors along the trail. Anchors are an important part of trail design and keep the flow, well, flowing. Photo by Aung Tun.

So. We need a bridge here. Start with a couple of big sticks to map the way. Photo by James Bradley.

So. We need a bridge here. Start with a couple of big sticks to map the way. Photo by James Bradley.

Next, locate appropriate building materials. Photo by Aung Tun.

Next, locate appropriate building materials. Photo by Aung Tun.

Yep, this one’ll do. Photo by Aung Tun.

Yep, this one’ll do. Photo by Aung Tun.

Move ‘em. Easy peasy. Photo by Aung Tun.

Move ‘em. Easy peasy. Photo by Aung Tun.

Getting there. Photo by James Bradley.

Getting there. Photo by James Bradley.

Bring in some gravel to lay down a stable entry to the bridge. Oopsie. Photo by James Bradley.

Bring in some gravel to lay down a stable entry to the bridge. Oopsie. Photo by James Bradley.

Set in some pavers. Photo by James Bradley.

Set in some pavers. Photo by James Bradley.

Looking good! Photo by James Bradley.

Looking good! Photo by James Bradley.

Meanwhile, over at one of the berms, Mick’s Automotives owner Tracy Cotten sifts through the dirt, removing organic material. Clean dirt makes for stable berms, and stable berms make for a well constructed trail. Photo by James Bradley.

Meanwhile, over at one of the berms, Mick’s Automotives owner Tracy Cotten sifts through the dirt, removing organic material. Clean dirt makes for stable berms, and stable berms make for a well constructed trail. Photo by James Bradley.

Tamping and sifting. Berms are covered with tarps between work days to keep as much moisture contained as possible. The soil is drying up fast again this year. Photo by James Bradley.

Tamping and sifting. Berms are covered with tarps between work days to keep as much moisture contained as possible. The soil is drying up fast again this year. Photo by James Bradley.

Huzzah to our volunteers, without whom this trail would not be possible! Photo by James Bradley.

Huzzah to our volunteers, without whom this trail would not be possible! Photo by James Bradley.

Other ways you can help with the flow trail project:

  • JOIN OUR WEEKDAY DIG CREW: We also hold informal work days during the week Tuesday through Friday, weather permitting. Contact us for further details if you can join us.
  • ASSIST WITH OTHER TASKS: If you want to help out, but aren’t keen on digging, there are still lots of ways you can help out without breaking a sweat; check out our Help Wanted page for ways you can get involved.
  • DONATE: We can always use raffle items to reward our volunteers with, and certain equipment useful for trail building. Learn more about how you can support flow trail and other trail building projects here.
  • TAKE OUR SURVEY: Have you ridden the flow  yet? We want to know what you think. Your feedback will help us evaluate our work — chime in here.

 

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